Planning and drafting your letter

I can plan and draft a section of my letter.

I can include appropriate historical language to make my letter authentic.

I can use the 7 steps technique of show don’t tell.

I can collect a range of interesting and historical language to include in my letter.


Have a look at these website:

Ensure you are using a range of dictionaries and thesauri to collect a range of interesting words.

Brainstorm the 6 senses to ensure you are including this language in your letter.


Copper Plate Handwriting

Develop a handwriting style that is legible, fluent and that can vary depending on context.

I understand that handwriting has evolved and changed over time for a variety of reasons.

Today we will have a look at the handwriting style you are expected to use for your good copy of your Sovereign Hill letter. Yes, it’s fancy. Yes, it’s a little bit tricky. But we will get the hang of it with a little practice.


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Researching your letter


These are links, if you click they should open in a new tab for you. Please make sure you are using your text navigation skills and are using the links, tabs and menu bars to help you find information.

Australian Gold Rush- Attributing a photo.

Gold diggings, Ararat, Victoria, by Edwin Stocqueler, 1854

Found on: on 22/03/2017





The water trickles through the mud and sludge. The stench of stale bodies, sweat and wet earth fills the air. Gravel, stones and water slosh in pans and cradles. Picks hack at the mud and shale. The calls of miners ring out around the valley- Irish, English, Chinese, American accents mingle.

All are looking for the glint. The glint of the ever elusive gold.

Funny Old Sayings

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Here is a list if the sayings we learnt at camp!

Manners maketh the man

All that glitters is not gold

Children should be seen and not heard

Spare the rod and spoil the child

A stitch in time saves nine

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Youth is the time to learn

Cleanliness is next to godliness

There is a place for everything and everything in its place

The three S’s – silent straight and still

Better to be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt

Quality over quantity

Can you write 4 – 5 sentences explaining what one means and applying it to life today?

Are these sayings idioms, cliches? Do you know of any other funny old sayings? Leave a comment to let me know what other sayings you can find.

Dear Sir/Madam

Dear Younguns

Please find attached 3 separate documents which shall guide you on your journey towards writing your letter for your Sovereign Hill Sir or Ma’am.


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Let me stress to you, that this is the BEGINNING of your research. You will need to complete a considerable amount of research before you begin writing your letter. You will be given some class time, however you WILL need to do homework. By the end of the term, we are expecting you to have completed a plan and draft of your letter.

On the first day of Term 2, we will complete our good copies, these will then be posted on the Tuesday.